Visit Lamington National Park

Lamington National Park is the largest of its kind in Australia. It consists of sub-tropical rainforest, that is home to a wide variety of wild animals and birds.

The National Park is in the Gold Coast hinterland, almost directly inland from Coolangatta and Palm Beach. The distance is only 65 km but the road from the town of Canungra zig-zags its way up a thousand metre rise, which is around about 3000 ft.

It takes you from sea-level to the top of the Lamington Plateau where the rainforest exists. It has roughly the same relationship to the Gold Coast as the Glasshouse Mountains do to the Sunshine Coast.

Getting there from Brisbane, or from the Gold Coast resorts, is simple. You just take any of the roads to Nerang off the M1 highway.

© Bert Knottenbeld | Flickr - Lamington National Park

Although a National Park, at its heart lies a resort, o' Reilly's, which has been in business for over 80 years.  Its the ideal place to stay and explore the park's 160km of graded walking trails.

The resort also lays on 4 wheel-drive bus excursions through the forest and other guided adventure activities.  

© Tatters | Flickr - Lamington National Park View from Moran's Falls Lookout

For those who like to experience places by walking them, Lamington includes a garden of sub-tropical plants.

For the less adventurous, around the resort are a number of gentler visitor attractions. Activities such as a Tree Top Walk which is over 60 ft from the ground... not for those who dislike heights, and there is a restaurant, and a bird-feeding area.

Lamington National Park tree-top walkway
Lamington National Park parrot feeding time

The Tree Top Walk, shown above, is a suspended wooden walkway strung between tree-tops. At one tree junction, you can climb even higher than the 20 metres you're already viewing from.

In the photo below you can see the bird feeding area, which is a great activity for those of you who come from the northern hemisphere... where pigeons, sparrows and chickadees are the norm.

In this photo, the birds are King Parrots and Crimson Rosellas but they're just as likely to be cockatoos, galahs, or macaws.

As you might guess from the names 'Lamington Plateau' and 'Lamington National Park', the man they were named after was an important figure in Brisbane and Queensland's history.

Lamington National Park gardens
Lamington National Park Crows Nest Fern

He was the Governor of Queensland, Charles Cochrane-Baillie, Baron Lamington,  and was the eighth Governor. He served from 1896 to 1901. Another reminder of Lamington's time here is the Lamington cake, which originated in Queensland and is now found all over Australia.

A very pleasant snack to have for a snack, with your coffee or tea. While you're in the Lamington National Park area, and if you crave a change of pace, visit the Seaworld or Dreamworld theme parks, on the Gold Coast.

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Maybe in another hundred years, lamington cakes will conquer the rest of the world. The cakes themselves are a butter sponge cube, about 5 cm or 2 inches each side, covered in chocolate then dipped in desiccated coconut shavings.

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